Before the Week 7 slate, Ian Rapoport reported that the Titans are likely to be without starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill for their Week 8 tilt against the Falcons.
On Tuesday, Mike Vrabel told reporters that he isn’t ruling out Tannehill, but he did provide an insight into who we could see if he can’t go, adding that he anticipates Malik Willis and Will Levis will both play against Atlanta.
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel isn't ruling out QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle) for this Sunday vs. Atlanta but did say if he can't go, he "anticipates" both Malik Willis and Will Levis will play against the Falcons.
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) October 24, 2023
Levis has been a healthy scratch all season, not appearing on the active roster for any of the Titans’ games, acting as the third quarterback behind Willis. The rookie second-round pick missed two of the club’s three preseason games due to a thigh injury, so we haven’t had a look at the Kentucky product at the NFL level.
Willis, on the other hand, has seen time this year. The 2022 third-round pick came in for Tannehill when he went down with an ankle injury. In two drives, Willis completed 4 of his 5 passes for 74 yards and ran three times for 17 yards but also took four sacks.
The Falcons will likely have a generic game plan that can be tweaked for Sunday’s contest because there’s no telling who will be under center for the Titans. Signs point to a combination of Willis and Levis, but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Tannehill making it back before the game.
Ryan Nielsen’s group will be licking their chops at the thought of facing a pair of inexperienced quarterbacks. That is a dream scenario for an aggressive defense, and the Falcons now strike fear into opposing offenses. It has the makings for a one-sided affair. It is the NFL, though; anything can happen on any given Sunday.
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